The UCF Foundation, Inc. encourages, stewards and celebrates charitable contributions from alumni and friends to support the University of Central Florida.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit As the University of Central Florida (UCF) celebrates its 50thanniversary in 2013, it continues to fulfill its vision of becoming a new kind of university that provides leadership and service to the Central Florida city-state. President Hitt's drive to establish UCF as America's leading partnership university has made UCF synonymous with the progress and prosperity of Central Florida and the Sunshine State. UCF's emergence as a leading major metropolitan research university has brought international distinction to the university and more high-tech jobs to the region. Since President Hitt's arrival at UCF, research funding has escalated from $28.4 million to more than $100 million annually for the last eight years. The direct, indirect and induced impact of the UCF operations, student spending and the Central Florida Research Park resulted in an economic output of more than $4.3 billion for fiscal year 2011. The same economic activity is responsible for more than 45,000 jobs. In the coming year, UCF has several initiatives and achievements to celebrate, including: - Finalizing and implementing a plan to boost UCF's graduation rate to 70% within five years- Initial efforts for a three-phase, $64 million transformation of the UCF Library- The graduation of the UCF College of Medicine'sfirst class of future physicians In a remarkably short time, UCF has become a vital force for Central Florida and a metropolitan research university of global impact. While sustaining bedrock capabilities in the future, UCF will purposely pursue new strengths by leveraging innovative partnerships, effective interdisciplinarity, and a culture of sustainability highlighted by a steadfast commitment to inclusiveness, excellence, and opportunity for all.
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